Ahh Kingston—New York’s first capital, rich with history and vintage architecture...and bars. With its wonderful intersection of walkability and nightlife, the up-and-coming waterfront city of Kingston is the perfect place to do a bonafide bar crawl with all your drinking buddies.
Pub crawls have long been synonymous with miles of drunken debauchery, slovenly Santas (we see you SantaCon), and even android-ruling aliens (as seen in Edgar Wright’s underrated 2013 film The World’s End), so it’s no wonder many feel more than a slight hesitation to embark on one of their own. But trust us, one mile and three drinks in, you’ll be thanking us. And, as with all pub crawls, you can always do this route in reverse. Here's a friendly map to direct your drunken meandering (don't say we weren't helpful):
But First, Water
Any amount of drinking is, at its very core, poisoning your body. We’re obviously not saying don’t do it, just make sure you drink lots of water before, during, and after the crawl. (Don’t worry, water doesn’t count as negative drinks on the glory scale.) Additionally, enlist the help of a sober friend or a reliable Uber or Lyft driver to keep everyone safe!
First Stop: The Anchor
You’ll want a good base of hearty food to ensure you have the energy and nutrients to carry you through the day. If you’re starting your Kingston bar crawl early in the day, the Anchor’s excellent brunch menu showcasing Belgian waffles or a breakfast burrito AND 20 tap lines in addition to a ever-revolving cocktail menu (the Rebel Punch, at $9, is not to be missed), lets you kick things off right with a full belly to soak up all the booze to come. Pro tip: make a reservation!
Second Stop: Keegan Ales
It might seem counterproductive to go backwards on the route for the next stop, but you’d be kicking yourselves for the rest of the crawl if you didn’t hit up this beer lover’s paradise. Keegan is the OG Kingston brewery. You’ll wanna start light with a pint of Little Bit of Fun, which, coming in at 4.5% ABV, proves to be just enough to keep you going without taking you down for the count, as it’s namesake Fun (7% ABV, also on draft!) is want to do.
Third Stop: Eng’s
Walking back past The Anchor, you’ll see a staple of the Broadway corridor: Eng’s iconic neon Chop Suey sign. Serving Kingston since 1927 (pre-Prohibition, people), and in this particular location since 1966, Eng’s has long been providing their customers with traditional Chop Suey and tiki-style drinks. Served in fiery fish bowls and colorful parrot glassware (natch), most of these colorful cocktails come in at around $4.50 to $7.25 each, so you can slurp at a bargain basement price.
Fourth Stop: Tubby’s
New(ish) to Broadway, Tubby’s holds their own with an incredible selection of tequilas and mezcals, as well as a carefully curated cocktail and beer list and their pay-what-you-can underground garage rock shows. Here is where you’ll really kick the party into high gear with an El Chilango special: a shot of Unión Mezcal and a Victoria beer for just $11. If you skipped brunch at the Anchor (tut, tut!) or you simply get the munchies when you're drinking (no judgement here), order Tubby's famous totchos (tater tot nachos). And don't miss their resourceful back patio: a fenced-in oasis a world away from Broadway, replete with lawn chairs, a sun umbrella, and astroturf. Love.
Fifth Stop: Tony’s Pizzeria
A quick walk half a block away, those iconic neon letters on the Hudson Valley’s second-oldest pizzeria have been lit for decades, and so have their regulars. Split a Tony's White Pizza Pie and chase it with a nice ale from their surprisingly varied beer selection.
Sixth (and final) Stop: Kelly’s Shamrock Tavern
Enjoy some reinvigorating fresh air as you walk down Broadway to your last bar. This place has a great pool table in the back, and a colorful crowd of regulars. Here’s a great opportunity to do a shot to celebrate your achievement. With most mid-shelf liquors coming in around $5 per shot, make sure you don’t let your love of a good deal doom your body to a bad morning after!
Go the Extra Mile—Bonus RoundIf you're feeling fit and frisky, head down to Kingston's North Ponckhockie district (affectionately called NoPo) for these next two stops. We recommend a bike or a sober driver to get back up the hill.
Corner Bar and Grill
Down at the top of Delaware Avenue sits the Corner Bar and Grill. A classic sports bar, this place also features a pretty decent bar food menu with most items under $9.95. Go during Happy Hour and enjoy $3 domestic drafts!
One block down from the Corner Bar sits a cozy little tavern with an electric fireplace and endless inventory of songs on their internet-enabled jukebox. Most of their drinks come in at under $5, so you can treat your whole group to a round, without breaking the bank.